March 19, 2009...
Huntsville native Susanna Phillips grew up singing in the choir at church and school. When she was ready to graduate high school, her voice teacher encouraged her to aim high - and Phillips ended up at Julliard, studying opera...even though her first love is country music! Fast forward. In 2005 Phillips won four of the world's leading vocal competitions and this season she made her debut with the Metropolitan Opera, singing the role of Musetta in La Boheme. Phillips tells WBHM's Tanya Ott it was memorable for many reasons.
Susanna Phillips appears in Opera Birmingham's production of La Traviata this weekend at the Alabama Theatre.
When you watch a movie, do you eagerly await the end of a film so you can learn even more about what you've just seen? Are you a "bonus materials" junkie? If so, the Southern Literary Trail may be right up your alley. It's a month-long project that offers a "behind the scenes" look at many of Alabama's famous writers and literary works. WBHM's Lissa LeGrand hit the Trail recently and found out that one Alabama town has a love-hate relationship with one of the most widely-read novels of all time.
Have you seen them? The superheroes and storm troopers haunting Birmingham? They're starting to pop up around town in advance of Imagicon - a massive sci-fi/fantasy convention next week at the BJCC. Some attendees are casual consumers of the genre, but many are hardcore. Dare I say, addicts? Radio Producer Aaron Henkin has one man's story.
Tapestry is produced by Tanya Ott and Michael Krall, with help from Lissa LeGrand and Aaron Henkin. I'm Greg Bass, and we'll see you next week.